Microsorum membranaceum (Blume) Ching

 
  • Family (Christenhusz et al, 2011) : POLYPODIACEAE
  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Polypodiaceae
  • Species : Microsorum membranaceum
  • Basionym : Polypodium zippelii Blume
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Neocheiropteris zippelii (Blume) Bosman
  • Collection Nos : CS 10900; HFP 641; CJS 15068; CJS 14556
  • Collector(s) Name : C.J.Saldanha; F.M.Jarrett, C.J.Saldanha, T.P.Ramamoorthy
  • Key identification features : Rhizome is long, creeping and sparsely covered by ovate-lanceolate scales. Fronds elliptic or lanceolate, arranged in a single row on the adaxial side of the rhizome, entire frond upto 62 cm long and 6 cm wide with pale brown, distinct stipe, margin entire; midrib distinctly raised below, flattened or shallowly grooved above, veins distinct and slightly raised above and below; pinnae pale green, glabrous all over; texture membranaceous or thin herbaceous. Sori numberous, distributed all over the lower surface of the frond at random; spores yellowish-green.
  • Habit : Herb-Epiphytic
  • Comments : Common in the W.Ghats at higher elevations, growing epiphytically on shaded shola trees.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Collection Locality : Hassan
  • Distribution Locality : Chikamagalur; Hassan; Kodagu; Mysore; Shimoga; Uttara Kannada
  • Floras referred : Fraser-Jenkins, Taxonomic revision of Indian Subcontinental Pteridophytes 2008; Rajagopal & Bhat, Pteridophytic flora of Karnataka State- 1998; Manickam V.S & Irudayaraj V. (1992)- Pteridophyte flora of W.Ghats, South India;Deepa et al, Annals of Plant Sciences, 2013, 02 (11).

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